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Scott Rushing
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So what do you guys work on during the winter days?    Anything?     

If I'm stuck inside, I have high ceilings so I can swing a club.  Usually try to putt on the carpet...working on stroke.  Plan to work with a mirror and work on my grip/wrist.  If I can, I'd love to work on firing my hips more to get a little more swing speed. 

DON
I usually just work on

I usually just work on hitting balls off a tee to get my swing as repeatable as I can during the winter months. If I can hit good solid shots off a tee with all of my clubs I'm happy with my swing. Other than that I work on getting the proper swing sequience so my swing speed is as high as I can get it for max distance with all of my clubs. Smooth swings where I hit the ball solid and it feels like I'm hitting a marshmellow is what I'm looking for. I've found over the years that when I make a nice smooth swing my swing speed is high and my ball striking is clean and crisp which gives me good distance and direction control. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Aimee
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at the gym I probably make sure I focus more on keeping the back and shoulders loose since I don't get the swing time in. I have a high ceiling in the den but honestly never felt like swinging indoors. I probably should just use an iron and swing 10 to 3 to work on shoulder and hip alignment.

It's not how...it's how many

DON
Monday I went to the renge to

Monday I went to the renge to hit balls and test a new Laser Range Finder. When I started hitting balls with a Gap wedge, I hit a few FAT, which is never a good sign for me. It means that I have my weight too far forward at setup. So after a few fat shots I started to make sure I had my weight balance behind the ball of my feet, and NOT on my toes. This was all it took to end the fat shots. After that I started to work on taking my arms back to start my back swing, and NOT turn my hips for as long as I could. That caused me to get a good upper body turn with a minimum of a hip turn. The result of this was that my swing speed went up on every shot when I did this. I also made a point of pressing my knees together a little, like I had a beach ball between my knees and I didn't wnat to let it fall to the ground. This helps to keep my hips steady and not turn too soon in my back swing. Again, this helps me to increase my swing speed. and hut solid shots at the same time. These are the Little Things that I have to do to hit really good shots, And it's these things that I Forget to do when I don't think about them. When I remember to do the little things like these fewe things, I end up hitting some pretty good shots with good power. When I forget to do them, nothing goes very well. 

As for my swing speed, and the Swing Oil testing, I took the Swing Oil before I went to the range, and again I had some of my highest swing speeds ever. I got my 4 iron up to a high of 103 and 105 Monday, which is really good for me. As for the Laser Range Finder, I tested it on the flags on the five greens they have on the driving range. Distances vary from 100 yards out to 257 yards for the farthest flag. I was NOT able to test the laser on a flag past that as it was the fartherst flag I found at the range, But I was able to test the laser of some building well past the end of the range, Farthest building I could see was measured to be at 895 yards. So it would appear that the company claim that this TEc Tec Tec VPRODLX 1K range finder to be good out to 1000 yards is accurate. NOT sure if I could get a reading to a flag at that distance, as I was testing it on a building not a flag. but lets' be honest, where are we going to find a golf course with a hole that is longer than maybe 600 yards or so. So as far as I can tell from my testing, this Laser range finder is good for any hole you or I am likely to ever play. Bottom line is that I had ZERO problems getting FAST and easy reading out to 260 yards to the flag on the range, and that's excellent performance for any range finder. I'm happy to sey it's found a home in my golf bag for next season and beyond. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Scott Rushing
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Well, playing around with -

Well, playing around with - struggling with? - my driver swing mechanics over the last few rounds.  Not easy to do given all the clothing I have to wear in the cold.  Anyway, I think I'm getting my wrist in a better position at the top of the swing, keeping the club on plane.  Before my left wrist would 'break' a bit and the club would get off plane and point right of my target and target line.   That was leading to inconsistency because you never knew where the club head would be exactly - or pointing too.  So through video I could see that. 

So i think i'm making progress there but now I'm trying to work on the start of the down swing (to fix my over the top move).   if I'm on 'auto-pilot' and just swing, I come over the top at the start.  So i really have to work on it to initiate my downswing without doing that.  What usually happens then is .. so focused on that, I don't get the proper weight shift.  Ha, funny, how hard this damn game is.

Anyway, working on that drill where you shift your weight to the right leg and lift up your left leg off the ground and then start the downswing with the left foot coming down to force your weight shift.   I was surprised how well that drill worked.   its a little awkward but I hit some solid shots and the timing and all wasn't crazy to get right.  Anyway, may stick with that drill to work on the weight shift and see how it goes. 

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